A Liberty Television journalist, Aminu Nurudeen, who allegedly posted the video showing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, labouring during a speech at a public event in Kano on Monday, has gone into hiding after the Kano State Police Command invited him to its office immediately the video went viral.
The video, which set the Social Media ablaze, showed Mr. Idris unable to read his speech at the inauguration of the Police Technical Intelligence Unit in Kano.
Mr. Nurudeen’s whereabouts had been unknown since the Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Musa Magaji Majiya, invited him on Thursday, the Punch reports.
Sources told the newspaper that the police authorities were upset with the journalist because he had allegedly disobeyed a directive by the Kano State Police Command to journalists present at the event not to report the IG’s blunder or make the video public.
The IGP’s blunder brought an abrupt end to the event, leading the police chief’s handlers to hurriedly usher him away from the venue of the event, sources said.
Since the video went viral, the IGP has become an object of ridicule on Social Media.
The clip showed him embarrassingly delivering an incoherent speech.
In a part of the footage, Mr. Idris fumbled, “I mean, transmission, I mean effort, that the transmission cooperation to transmission, I mean transmission to have effect, ehm, apprehend, I mean, apprehensive towards the recommendation, recommended formation effective and effect, I mean, apprehensive at the transmission of…and transmission and transmission for the effective in the police command.”
The over two minutes video showed Idris apologising to the audience intermittently as he laboured to read the speech.
A senior police officer was seen in the video coming to his aid, but he still kept fumbling.
Twenty-fours after the video emerged online, the Police were unable to say if its true or fake. At one point, the police only countered with an old video, showing the IGP reading a speech at another public event and listing the schools he attended.
But now the police have found their voice and a source said that the IGP explained away the video to his officers, describing it as doctored.
“He has however ordered an investigation into the leakage of the video but we are watching to see how he intends to deal with the individuals behind the viral video without further embarrassing himself and the force,” a senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Punch.
Detectives were using the police technical platform to track the original source of the video on social media, he said.
However, a Nigerian Police Force that have failed up till now to show to Nigerians the undoctored version of the original video, are now pushing to interrogate the bloggers who posted the “doctored” video for allegedly “peddling a doctored video meant to cast the IG in bad light and embarrass the police leadership.”
Idris, in an interactive media chat on the police Twitter handle, Nigerian Police @PoliceNG #Askthepolice, had also told Nigerians that the video was doctored.
“Yes, it was doctored,” he said in response to a question from a twitter user who wanted to know why he bungled the speech.
Nigerians have, however, continued to react to the video.
A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in a tweet, urged Nigerians to pray for Idris.
He said, “Our IG of Police needs prayers and we must treat him with compassion. What happened to him whilst reading his infamous “transmission” speech was not ordinary. He is the victim of dark spirits and satanic forces. We must not gloat over it or laugh at him. Instead we must pray for him.”